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August 1, 2004

And introducing...

Dean's World regular Scott Eiland has coined an entirely appropriate nickname for He Who Must Not Be Fed (which I also like):

Lord Pork Pork.

Heh. For the historically challenged, it's a take-off of the Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw during World War 2.

I like it...

Dean has a nice post about the sane people in the world which reminded me of that lovely sobriquet.

August 5, 2004

THAT'S Gotta Hurt!

Veterans have been grumbling about John F. Kerry ever since he became the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

Now that he's officially the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, the vets have stopped grumbling, and started talking.

Now I know the first thing the Kerryites will claim is Republican Attack Machine(tm)! The only problem is that the men in the ad actually served with Kerry.

Ooopsie.

Not to mention that several of these men were also awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and other decorations. Most especially not to mention Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman. That's flag rank, bunkie.

Oh, a request for the Republican Attack Machine(tm) paranoids: show me some cancelled checks, or receipts, before you start puking out more accusations, as evidence.

I'm thinking Kerry is really going to regret saying "Bring it on." by November. Heh.

Amazing Grace

Blackfive is now the proud daddy of a 7-pound, 13-ounce baby girl, Grace. Drop by over there and wish him well.

He really is a very lucky man...

August 6, 2004

Optical Illusion

Can you spot the differences between these two photos?...

The Malkin Test

Ok. After I read about the Michelle Malkin test at Dean's World, I had to take it myself.

1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life.
- I voted every election John Glenn (D) of Ohio.
2. I think my taxes are too high.
- Hell yes!!! (+5)
3. I supported Bill Clinton's impeachment.
- No. That is: yes he lied under oath, but no, I considered that to be entrapment. Starr had no business interrogating the President about that, considering he was tasked with investigating Whitewater.
4. I voted for President Bush in 2000.
- Damn skimpy. (+5)
5. I am a gun owner.
- No, but I would like to be. A classic M1911a for starters. :) And if you don't know what that is, do NOT ask me! Heh. (+5)
6. I support school voucher programs.
- Yes! (+5)
7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools.
- I don't have kids, so it's kinda tough. Right now I'll go with Dean and Rose: I object if they do so without the parent's consent. (+5)
8. I oppose bilingual education.
- In the sense of separate education for non-English speakers, yes. (+5)
9. I oppose gay marriage.
- I oppose the terrible judicial method used to achieve the end. I do not oppose the end, although I think a couple of critics have points worth considering.
10. I want Social Security privatized.
- We need to do something; I'm not doctrinaire on how to fix it.
11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense.
- Yep. Just as long as we don't concentrate soley on race/ethnicity. (+5)
12. I shop at Wal-Mart.
- Uh, no, but not for any ethical reason. I just think they're tacky. I go to Bigg's and Meijers instead. No clever remarks, please. :)
13. I enjoy talk radio.
- Ignore it competely. Totally off the grid.
14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase "undocumented person" for "illegal alien."
- Yes! (+5)
15. I do not believe the phrase "a chink in the armor" is offensive.
- No. I mean Yes. Are you kidding me!? (+5)
16. I eat meat.
- Yep. Bacon cheeseburgers; YUM! (+5)
17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty.
- Very much so. (+5)
18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein had been captured.
- No, but I tend to be rather analytical about announcements like that. Such captures are just a single step in a long, long journey.
19. I cry when I hear "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood.
- Lord, no! Embarassed, rather; I find the song to be overblown. I prefer Toby Keith's The Angry American, or (by preference) Alan Jackson's Where Were You? (When the World Stopped Turning), a gentle, compassionate work. If you want to know what gets tears in my eyes: Whitney Houston's Star Spangled Banner from Super Bowl XXV.
20. I don't believe the New York Times.
- That depends... :)

Final score: 55%. Sorry, Michelle... Do you still love me?

August 12, 2004

MoveOn, Please!

I can see the presidential campaign is moving into high gear; the MoveOn(Please) folks are really kicking it into high gear!

Man. I don't know if Bush can take any more devastating campaign hits like this...

Thanks to Emperor Misha for the link.

August 29, 2004

Bill Gates is Satan!

For the three people who drop by regularly, I would like to apologize for not posting more, but I have a good excuse, as follows:

Two weekends ago I decided to re-install Windows XP. It was late, but it generally is when I do something like this. This time, alas, I encountered problems.

Continue reading "Bill Gates is Satan!" »

A note about the word "apologist"

I've noticed that what I consider to be a really bad habit has been spreading lately.

It seems that quite a few folks have gotten into the habit of using the word "apologist" as a derogotary term. This started out back in the early spring with the moonbats who kept pushing the "Bush AWOL" and/or "Halliburton runs everything" sort of foolishness. They insisted on calling anyone who defended Bush an apologist, as opposed to "supporter" or "defender."

Here's the thing: now Bush supporters are calling Kerry supporters the same damned thing in reverse! So we have "Kerry apologists," whose chief offense seems to be defending their chosen candidate. Certainly it's their right, as American citizens, to do so, no?

Now don't get me wrong; I intend to vote for Bush this fall, and I certainly believe that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have at least some legitimate claims.

My question is this: just what is your overall objective? If you want to preach to the choir, bash the other side as a bunch of clueless idiots, and pile on the latest "gotcha," knock yourself out, it's your dime, amigo.

But. if you are in the slightest bit interested in actually threshing out some of the issues, and maybe even opening up someone on the opposing side to a new interpretation (even if you don't change their mind), then I humbly suggest that you may want to consider not using the word "apologist."

Not too long ago, my friend Dean Esmay asked conservatives to take a pledge that they would faithfull support Kerry should the Senator from Massachusetts win the presidency this fall. My goal is more modest.

Right now I'm asking Bush supporters to refrain from using condescending, hot-button/buzzwords such as "apologist," even if their opponents won't.

After all, it won't hurt us to show them respect, which any adult citizen is reasonably entitled to expect; and if they refuse to return the favor, the onus is theirs, not ours.

So, what do you say?

Ohh, a new link!

I see that Greyhawk has opened the floodgates by inviting blogs to submit links so he may considering linking to them...

Since I have read his work for a while now (although I don't comment very often) I'll jump in with both feet.

Consider this, sir, my application for approval. One of my favorite posts is the Fog of War series I put up back in April.

FWIW, at this point I'm still a "slithering reptile" in the ecosystem. :)

August 30, 2004

Oh, no, he did NOT just say that!

Caught this citation over on the Corner at NRO.

The original story can be found here.

You should definitely read the whole thing, but the bottom line is that Kerry (while recently campaigning down in Florida) bragged about supporting the Helms-Burton sanctions against Cuba back in 1996.

''I'm pretty tough on Castro, because I think he's running one of the last vestiges of a Stalinist secret police government in the world,'' Kerry told WPLG-ABC 10 reporter Michael Putney in an interview to be aired at 11:30 this morning.

Then, reaching back eight years to one of the more significant efforts to toughen sanctions on the communist island, Kerry volunteered: "And I voted for the Helms-Burton legislation to be tough on companies that deal with him.''

The Miami Herald continues:

There is only one problem: Kerry voted against it.

Asked Friday to explain the discrepancy, Kerry aides said the senator cast one of the 22 nays that day in 1996 because he disagreed with some of the final technical aspects. But, said spokesman David Wade, Kerry supported the legislation in its purer form -- and voted for it months earlier. (emphasis added)

In other words, he voted for it, before he voted against it. And where have we heard that before, hm?

Decisions, decisions...

It seems the truely lovely and talented Ambra Nykol is stumped on what to name her upcoming new column in Seattle's Seaspot Magazine.

She has narrowed the possibilities down to two: Consider This, or Politickin'.

Since my suggestion has been brusquely dumped into the bit-bucket (sniff....), why not drop by and let her know which one you like? Me, I'm for Consider This, myself.

Love the flag...

I caught this post over at Baldilocks' place the other day, and followed her link to Cobb, who (apparently) first raised the topic. After that I noticed that my favorite "minimized dead-cell content" commentator had linked to S-Train as well on the same topic.

Apparently the "controversy" involves various reactions to this shot from the 2000 Olympics:

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Note that I haven't watched TV for years, so I miss out on stuff that more normal folks hear about. This is the first I've heard about this. Apparently various bodies objected to those young men celebrating their victory. It was, so to speak, "vulgar." At least if you are one of the prim and politically correct types. God forbid that patriotic Americans show love for their country. What's next? Devoting one's life, liberty, and sacred honor to the cause? What is this country coming to, dag-nabit!?

Warning: extended section includes politically incorrect and non-work-safe language...

Continue reading "Love the flag..." »

August 31, 2004

Tell me, again, why I'm voting for these guys?

You know, every once in a while I just have to cringe when I hear someone like House Speaker Denny Hastert make the clumsy effort to imply that George Soro's money comes from drug cartels.

HASTERT: ...You know, I don't know where George Soros gets his money. I don't know where -- if it comes overseas or from drug groups or where it comes from. And I...

WALLACE: Excuse me?

HASTERT: Well, that's what he's been for a number years -- George Soros has been for legalizing drugs in this country. So, I mean, he's got a lot of ancillary interests out there.

WALLACE: You think he may be getting money from the drug cartel?

HASTERT: I'm saying I don't know where groups -- could be people who support this type of thing. I'm saying we don't know. The fact is we don't know where this money comes from.

After all the time I spend bitching about Lord Pork Pork (AKA M. Moore), the bloody House Speaker has to pull a bonehead stunt like this one...

I suppose he's just trying to uphold the tradition that the GOP is the Stupid Party.

Thanks to The Volokh Conspiracy for the original link.

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